from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to Earth; terrestrial.
  • adj. Derived from or containing tellurium, especially with valence 6.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to the Earth.
  • adj. Containing tellurium in a lower valency than in tellurous compounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the earth; proceeding from the earth.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to tellurium; derived from, or resembling, tellurium; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with tellurous compounds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or proceeding from the earth: as, a disease of telluric origin; telluric deities.
  • Of, containing, or derived from tellurium: as, telluric acid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or containing the chemical element tellurium
  • adj. of or relating to or inhabiting the land as opposed to the sea or air


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  • There some posters on Arrse who would find it difficult to put "telluric" on any form withour committing fraud/perjury/whatever.

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  • Look, if I can spell 'Australian Aboriginal Hebephile', I can spell 'telluric' easily, OK?

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  • They thread through their own strands of infection into the pheremonal plumage of kingdom socialites and prostitutes, the telluric ephemera of engineers and navigators, the chemical sequencing of medics and pushers alike.

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  • Rykwert, The idea of a town - The Anthropology of Urban Form in Rome, Italy 1999, p.126: "As the egg was a picture of the whole universe, so the telluric mundus became a representation of what the Pythagoreans were the first to call cosmos."

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  • But Ojakangas, too, is interested in the notion of the event as it relates to the law and its "sacred origins," traceable back to the telluric relation to the earth.

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  • The Bubbles intensify until something breaks the marine bed, the outcry extends by all the tectonic plate until llehar to the island of Manhattan causing a great telluric movement.

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  • In addition to affecting the spectra of stars, the telluric lines do affect the measurement of stellar colours and occasionally, radial velocities measured from some stellar lines.

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